Embrace Your Core Values: It Is A Personal Journey

As we step into March, a month synonymous with transformation and renewal, it's a time to reflect on our journey so far in 2024 and chat about the paths yet to be paved. Friends, March is the one month out of our calendar year with a command! 

To “March”, isn't just about the physical act of moving forward; it's about the resilience and determination to continue our journey, despite the challenges we've faced. It's a reminder that, with each new day, we are given the opportunity to reflect, restore, and rebuild. We get to set new goals and break new ground. In this spirit, let's embrace the essence of ‘March” by marching on with purpose, passion, and perseverance, ready to turn the page to a new chapter filled with possibilities and promise. 

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:25.

Question: 

LeAnne mentioned in the Facebook Live Video yesterday that she was interviewed by Leslie in a podcast, but I couldn't find the podcast. What is the date and title? Thank you.

LeAnne’s Response:

Dear Beloved Reader, 

Thank you so much for joining us on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube! We appreciate our community of sisters who walk with us daily with courage, hope, truth, wisdom, and strength! July 24, 2023 the interview went live!  

The title of our interview on her podcast Relationship Truth Unfiltered is: 

Living Authentically: Embracing Core Values for a Fulfilling Life.

Friends, I do hope our connection today finds you in a moment of peace or brings a breath of fresh love your way. Since reading your question, I've been reflecting on my conversation with Leslie on her podcast. We talked a lot about core values and the power of the gift of a three-step process. Pausing, Noticing, and Choosing. 

We explored the value of being present and aware of our actions and choices and the privilege we are given to take responsibility for our own well-being and make informed, conscious choices. I cherish the moments in time for deep conversations around these topics. They are close to my heart, and the bedrock of how I live and coach. Core Values and boundary work are my jam. I will post the episode link at the end of this response. As we reflect this March on how we want to move through the rest of 2024, let me speak to the power of establishing your Core Values.

The Heart of the Matter: Core Values

You've probably heard me talk about core values before. They're those non-negotiable principles that define who we are at our core. They're like our personal North Star, guiding us through life's ups and downs. But more than anything, they're our truth, the authentic essence that makes us, well, us. 

Core Values Help You Discover What Matters Most.

The journey to uncovering these truths about yourself will open your eyes, heart, and soul. I've been there, wading through the muddy waters of ‘shoulds' ‘coulds’ and “wouldas”, as well as society's expectations. We all try to find that solid ground of ‘me.' It starts with a prayer and a pause, followed by a step back from the noise. We can make a choice to first ask God, “What matters most to you Lord”. Then, asking ourselves, “What really matters to me?” 

Here's a little exercise: Think back to a time when you felt truly alive, utterly at peace, or deeply fulfilled. What were you doing? Who were you with? These moments are golden clues to your core values.

Painting Your Picture of Integrity

Once you start to see the outline of your values, it's time to fill in the colors, and shapes- you get to define what each value means to you. Integrity, for example, might mean always speaking your truth or standing up for what's right, even when it's hard.

Setting boundaries around these values is like framing that beautiful picture you've just painted. It's about saying, “This is who I am, and this is how I choose to live my life.” It's not always easy, but it's always, always worth it.

Living Your Truth Every Day

Now, this is where the real journey begins—living out those values in your everyday life. It's about making choices, big and small, that align with your core. And let me speak boldly to you, when what you do matches up with who you are, life starts to flow with a bit more ease and a lot more joy. Joy is the essence of my being. 

Let’s keep it real… It's not always a walk in the park. There will be times when you'll be tested when sticking to your values feels like climbing a mountain in flip-flops. But remember, it's in those moments that your values become your strength, your anchor, your cornerstone.

The Ripple Effect

Embracing and living by your core values doesn't just change you; it changes everything around you. It transforms relationships, molds careers, and shapes futures. And yes, it even impacts those tough situations, turning them into opportunities for growth, change, and connection.

When we live aligned with our values, we create with God a life that feels right, that is deeply satisfying and authentically ours. Is that something you are searching for?

A Personal Invitation

From the bottom of my heart, I want to invite you to start this journey if you haven't already. And if you're already on it, keep going. The road might be bumpy, but the destination? It's nothing short of beautiful.

If you're curious about how values work and how they can transform your life, let's begin our conversation right here. It's my favorite subject, after all, and there's nothing I love more than walking alongside someone on their path to self-discovery, greater connection with God, and healthier relationships with those who matter most! Have you accepted the challenge I presented earlier in this blog? “Think back to a time when you felt truly alive, utterly at peace, or deeply fulfilled. What were you doing? Who were you with?”

This opportunity for reflection is a wonderful first step to discovering some golden clues to your personal core values.

Thank you for being here, and for sharing this space with me. It means more than you know. Here's to our journey together, to discovering and living our truest, most beautiful lives.

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Galatians 5:16

What matters most to you today friends? For your faith, your family, and your future?

2 Comments

  1. Penny Showan on March 14, 2024 at 11:51 am

    Beautiful. The climb is hard. I believe with my whole self
    that it has been what I have lacked. I recognized my values but my boundaries had no consequences.
    Bc I didn’t have consequences I was nothing more than a clanging gong. I I finally do get it. And I am worth it. Status quo isn’t living my authentic self or life and I was miserable.
    It is the hardest thing I ever had to do but I also know there is freedom on the other side.
    I can’t tell you how much I value Leslie and her work and all the passionate women who teach.
    I feel blessed to live in this time frame because not to long ago there really wasn’t the help and guidance you provide. Women remained stuck and ignored.

  2. Margery on March 14, 2024 at 6:49 pm

    Stuck… what a graphic word!
    Have you ever experienced being bogged down in mud or embarked in snow? The faster you spin your wheels the deeper you dig yourself into a mess.
    When we finally calm down we discover different approaches, slow and steady, back and forth, an application of something to give traction such as salt, sand or branches. Perhaps a firm push or pull from another.
    Once freed we can determine how we got in such a quagmire …. then learn to avoid the near occasions for another situation .
    Leslie has a road map to aid in extricating oneself from abuse but we have to do the work🙏🏻

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